Like scary stories? Here's one. Imagine that Stephen Harper truly is the "Smartest Man In the [Tory Caucus] Room."
Since he came onto the federal scene we've repeatedly heard the Steve sees himself as the smartest man in the room, a claim his underlings seem to take at face value.
But if Steve truly is the smartest man in the Tory caucus room what does that say for the rest of his government? Let's see just how high - or low - Steve has set the bar.
The smartest Tory in the room thought it a great idea to de-fund the federal government by slashing the GST, leaving the government vulnerable and without the means to serve its people in the inevitable downturn.
The 2008 recession caught Steve completely unaware and unprepared. He had even just started his own adventures in casino capitalism by introducing reckless 30-year, no-money-down mortgages.
As Canada got sucked into America's fiscal storm sewer Steve dodged responsibility claiming no one had seen it coming. At least no one he was remotely interested in listening to saw it coming, no one who had the same ideological blinders that Steve wore. Plenty of others saw it coming - economists like Roubini, Krugman and Stiglitz saw it barreling down on the West and warned anyone who would listen.
Canada took a drubbing but, thanks to prudent restraint of the banking system by previous Liberal governments, we got off far lighter than most other Western countries. However, had Harper stumbled into power a few years earlier, had he just a little more time to game the Canadian economy, we could have fared far, far worse.
And Harper ran true to form when it came to responding to the Great Recession. He borrowed tens of billions of dollars to float a stimulus fund and then simply threw the money into the wind, hoping it would land where it might do some good.
The smartest Tory in the room was ideologically blinded to the fundamental point - that government stimulus funding must be invested in projects that will yield a return to the country in future decades to offset the burden the taxpayers will eventually bear in having to pay it back with interest. And so the money was largely squandered, wasted, and Canada will have plenty of debt to repay and precious little to show for it.
The smartest Tory in the room isn't smart enough to know a bad hand when it's dealt to him. Steve Harper actually believes the Athabasca Tar Sands are the key to Canada's economic future in the decades ahead. He simply ignores the warnings of prominent experts from the top tiers of the banking and investment communities that oil, even conventional oil, is a subprime asset existing within a dangerous, fossil fuel bubble. That doesn't fit the smartest Tory in the room's narrative so it's heresy.
The smartest Tory in the room cannot distinguish philosophy from shallow ideology, something that allows him to effortlessly replace science with religious superstition, fact with faith-based fantasy. The smartest Tory in the room persistently subverts knowledge and displaces it with delusion.
On foreign policy, the smartest Tory in the room was known for deriding Jean Chretien for refusing to send Canadian soldiers to Iraq to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with our British, Australian and American brothers.
The smartest Tory in the room manifests delusions of runaway crime waves to justify his prison fetish. He even tells his caucus to ignore the years of data showing steady declines in crime rates and instead follow
This saga could go on and on and on but enough. In fact this is more than enough to conclusively demonstrate that the Smartest Man In the [Tory Caucus] Room is anything but smart. He is an intellectually stunted but conniving and manipulative fiend intent on pursuing religions superstition and radical ideological beliefs regardless of outcomes or the consequences to our country and the Canadian people.
Let's stop treating Stephen Harper as anything but a dull-witted, visionless charlatan, utterly unfit to govern, a dark farce that has descended over Canada. What exactly is Steve Harper except Canada's Boris Yeltsin without a ready bottle?